The veteran big man stepped in after the youngster went down with a knee injury.
For a squad once well known for its health, the 2019-2020 season has been difficult for the Portland Trail Blazers, who again lost a player to injury against the Los Angeles Lakers when Skal Labissiere left the court with a knee injury during the first quarter, forcing veteran Anthony Tolliver to step up in his place. Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest spoke with Tolliver after the game about his performance, which featured strong shooting.
Once he was out and went to the back, that’s whenever my mindset changes a little bit. I’ve kind of been in and out of the rotation, not really knowing when I’m going to go in or not, but I just knew at that point, it’s next man up… If my number was called then I was going to go out there and do what I could. — Trail Blazers veteran Anthony Tolliver
Coach Terry Stotts also provided an update on Labissiere, as the extent of his injury is unknown.
“Skal has a left knee injury, he had an MRI and results are pending, so that’s the Skal update,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said postgame.